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The Good & the Bad of Msft....

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Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Large Company, Lots of Marketing People, Funds set aside to help Market Products, Lots of Products, Long history of relationships with customers, Msft even has Financing options available to customers to make "deals' happen (ie 0% for 6-12 months). Good health benefits. Good match in 401k.

Cons

Trying to move up in large company is nearly impossible, seems the manager turnover only penalizes the FTE even more because then there no "current advocates" for FTE when it comes time for Annual Review and Stock Award. Annual Review Process is stacked against 80% of the workers. Good people lose in the Annual Review Process.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change the way you evaluate FTEs.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    If you're an engineer, it's like working at Disneyland

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    1) Very smart, knowledgeable coworkers. You can definitely learn from your team mates.
    2) Many interesting projects to choose from. No matter what part of computer science you are interested in, there's some group working on it.
    3) Top notch development tools and other software at work.
    4) Better than average pay, great benefits.
    5) Free MSDN Ultimate subscription for Employees means you can get almost every Microsoft software product free for your home use. Deep discounts on Microsoft products at the company store when you are buying gifts for friends.
    6) Most employees have their own office (though many new employees are doubled up), so you don't hear everyone's personal phone conversations at work.

    Cons

    1) If you are used to being the smartest and most capable developer in your company, that won't be true anymore. Your coworkers will be just as smart as you. This is hard for some people to deal with.
    2) Arbitrary but Darwinian personnel evaluation process. This alienates a lot of good workers. Read the Vanity Fair article for details.
    3) It's a really big company, so all the big company ills are present - lots of unnecessary process, empire building, political (character) assassinations in the management ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scrap the evaluation system. If you put together a team of 10 superstars, you shouldn't have to torpedo one of the superstar's career's to fit an arbitrary curve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great place to learn & grow, excellent benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A wide range of technology area to learn; Cloud, Operating systems, SW Development tool etc
    Ability move within the company from one technology area to another
    Competive Salary and benefits

    Cons

    Management risk averse and slow in making decision
    Lacks competetive edge and hunger compared to a startup company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster and support small startup business with in each Division to enrich current and future portfolio. Not just incubation but actuall SW & Services businesses. Avoid throwing away ideas that may look like small money today.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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